Surfers may get more space at Wrightsville Beach

Ben Wimmer

The Wrightsville Beach Surf Zone Committee will be voting on a proposal that could expand surf zones at Wrightsville Beach. Besides surf zone expansion, other recommendations in the report include adding extra lifeguard stands and imposing a leash law for surfboards that would require all boards on the beach to have a leash attached.

Dave Baker, the Director of Ocean Rescue at Wrightsville Beach, reminds that the proposal is still in the works “The committee has made their recommendations and it’s to be voted upon here on Thursday,” he said. If approved, the proposal would allow swim-only zones to stretch in front of the lifeguard stands for 600 feet and leave the areas outside of the swim-only zones to be used for surfing and swimming. These zone restrictions would be enforced from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer.

Other surf zone changes recommended by the committee include keeping the existing system and adding one rotating surf zone or establishing three rotating surf zones. The Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen will vote on the proposal at a meeting on Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at the Wrightsville Beach Town Hall. The meeting is open to the public.